Monday, September 04, 2006

NYTIMES ultimate illegal alien suck job on display.

Immigration: Its not often you have to pause by the third paragraph and reread it at least 10 times to make sure you read a quote right.

Some ID Theft Is Not for Profit, but to Get a Job By JOHN LELAND Camber Lybbert thought it was a mistake when her bank told her that her daughter’s Social Security number was on its files for two credit cards and two auto loans, with an outstanding balance of more than $25,000. Her daughter is 3 years old. For Ms. Lybbert and her husband, Tyson, the call was the beginning of a five-month scramble trying to clear up their daughter’s credit history. As it turned out, an illegal immigrant named Jose Tinoco was using their daughter’s stolen Social Security number, not in pursuit of a financial crime, but to get a job. “From what I’ve picked up, he wasn’t using it maliciously,” said Ms. Lybbert, who lives in Draper, Utah. “He was using it to have a job, to get a car, provide for his family. My husband’s like, ‘Don’t you feel bad, you’ve ruined this guy’s life?’ But at the same time, he’s ruined the innocence of her Social Security number because when she goes to apply for loans, she’s going to have this history.”
What sort of job requires not one but two auto loans, two credit cards up to $25,000? As for Mr. Lybbert, this is either a tease quote or one of the dumbest sons of bitches on the planet. It is credit fraud, your kid's credit history is shot to hell. I don't give a damn what good intentions you think a criminal has the fraudster has to go to jail or be deported.
The Federal Trade Commission, which estimates that 10 million Americans have their identities stolen each year, does not distinguish between people who steal Social Security numbers so they can work and those who are out to steal money. Illegal immigrants make up nearly one of every 20 workers in America, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, and most are working under fraudulent Social Security numbers, which can be bought in any immigrant community or in Mexico. In Caldwell, Idaho, a woman named Maria is just such a worker. Maria, 51, came from Mexico City illegally six years ago and bought a counterfeit green card and Social Security card through a friend for $180. She earns $6.50 an hour, and like most of the seven million working illegal immigrants in the United States, she pays income tax and Social Security tax. She agreed to be interviewed on the condition that her last name not be used. “We know we’ll never get it back,” Maria said of the Social Security payments. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s a given.”
You are illegal and using someone's elses SS number to commit a crime, you are supposed to go to jail and be deported. Think of the taxes you pay as the "We are looking the other way" tax.
"“We’ve had this ridiculous situation where, theoretically, this information could be shared and we could identify these people and repair the situation,” said Marti Dinerstein, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit organization that supports tighter restrictions on immigration. “Falsely using a Social Security number is a felony. Our own federal agencies are working against those laws. The I.R.S. says privacy laws prevent them from sharing information. So we know who the guilty employers are. The I.R.S. knows who the guilty employees are. And nothing’s being done about it.” In 2000, using data from the Social Security Administration, the Utah attorney general’s office found that the Social Security numbers of 132,000 people in the state were being used by other people, far more than the state could prosecute. This use caused problems even when the person using the number led a financially responsible life, said Mr. Hamp, the assistant attorney general. “I’ve had families denied public assistance for their children or disability payments,” he said, “because records show somebody is working in their Social Security number.”
But they are doing it to get a job, not to be a parasite on a hard working legal American who think their credit history is safe.
Scott Smith of Ogden, Utah, discovered that someone was using his daughter Bailey’s Social Security number when he applied for public health insurance for her. Mr. Smith, who owns four shredders, is by his own description “real paranoid” about identity theft. “We even take the shreddings and put them in different garbage cans,” he said Like Ms. Lybbert, he has mixed feelings about what happened next. “All that was happening was that the illegal alien who had gotten the card had gotten a job at a Sizzler steakhouse in Provo and was paying her bills and doing a good job,” he said. “My opinion was, Hey, we’ve got someone hard-working who’s come from Mexico, who just wants to get a leg up — give her Bailey’s Social Security number and issue us a new one. Let her stay in the country. But they arrested her. I actually feel bad about her being deported.”
NYTIMES went out of their way to get the idiots for this story. They couldn't find one victim of fraud that was pissed off because it would have screwed up the article's agenda that illegal aliens are just trying to work and be good people.... while using your SS number to run up $25,000 in debt.

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